Water Main Replacement Update

Mr. McIlwee writes in response to some question from Terry Forbes:

Mr. Forbes,

The contractor, Linco Inc., is scheduled to begin work on May 31st. They will begin on the Emmet St end and work up to the Alderman intersection.

I know that the UVA Alumni building has a couple of events in the beginning of June, so the contractor will be working with them to ensure that they have complete access for traffic in and out.

The road should remain open to through traffic (unless something unknown is encountered) and they will have a flagging setup, as necessary.

Linco will maintain access to all properties and will be sure to allow everyone in and out of their driveways.

If an instance arises where someone’s access will need to be cut off, the contractor will have to work with the property owner’s schedule and any other issues to ensure they still can get to their home with little nuisance.

The project may also require some street parking be temporarily suspended until the contractor can get away from the specific area. Again, we will try to work with the residents to create as little hassle as possible.

After the waterline project, the ditch lines will be permanently patched.

Hopefully this will help answer some of the questions. If you need anything else or have any other concerns, please let me know.


Water Main Replacement: Lewis Mountain Rd

Water Main replacement plan
Water Main replacement plan

Jason McIlwee from the City Utilities department has contacted us about this upcoming work:

As part of the annual water main replacement program, the City is preparing to begin a waterline project on Lewis Mountain Rd. The specific areas of the project are as follows:

Lewis Mountain Rd – From Alderman Rd to Emmet St

This project will consist of replacing the existing 6” cast iron line with an 8” ductile iron line. By upsizing the line from a 6” to an 8”, the water system should better service the number of houses on this street, as well as provide better fire flow for emergency services. Once the 8” line has passed all acceptance tests, all water services along Lewis Mountain Rd will be transferred to the 8” line and the 6” line will be abandoned.

During the project there may be some changes to parking and traffic. There will also be an infrequent
water outage or two for the project. Any residents impacted by planned water outages will be provided 48 hour notice by way of door hanger.

The project is expected to begin in 3-4 weeks (mid-June) and should take approximately 8-10 weeks to complete. The goal is to finish this project in the months that UVA students are away for summer break.

The work will be performed by the city’s on-call contractor, Linco, Inc. A project inspector will be provided by their consultant, WR&A. Jason McIlwee will be the project manager from the City. All concerns and inquiries about the project should be directed to him for best response:

Jason McIlwee, P.E.
Utilities Engineer
City of Charlottesville – Public Utilities
305 4th St. NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 970-3826